A Ventura man faces DUI charges after attempting to flee a DUI checkpoint in that city. The Ventura Police Department reports that their officers were conducting a drunk driving checkpoint on Harbor Boulevard last week.
The suspect entered the checkpoint in the southbound lanes, then suddenly backed out and drove south in the northbound lanes. Officers pursued the suspect at speeds of about 100 mph. The man then entered southbound Highway 101 and exited the highway at Telephone Road. Officers arrested the man at that location and observed that he appeared to be drunk. In addition, officers learned that the man was a parolee.
He faces felony charges of eluding police, as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. Officers reported a total of 2 drunk driving arrests as a result of the checkpoint operation. In addition, they cited nine other drivers for various infractions, including driving without a license, drug possession and other minor offenses.
Ventura DUI Lawyer
When you face drunk driving charges, hire an experienced DUI lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of courtroom criminal defense experience. During his more than three decades of practice, he has defended thousands of Southern Californians.
In most cases, a DUI in Ventura results in a misdemeanor charge. Whether or how you are charged depends exclusively on your particular circumstances. Even though most impaired driving arrests result in misdemeanor charges, impaired driving is still a very serious matter.
Immediately, the Department of Motor Vehicles suspends your driver’s license. This isn’t a punishment, but it is an automatic process that begins upon your arrest. It is separate from the criminal process that will take place in court.
Your best defense is an experienced criminal defense attorney who will appear with you in court. Having attorney representation can make a major difference in the court process, and in the outcome of your case. Don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do, and don’t attempt to defend yourself in court.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County DUI case.
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